A COMPANY director was hit three times in the head with a hatchet in the latest burglary attack.
The latest violent assault by thieves comes as an 89-year-old pensioner died some three months after she was assaulted in her home .
Suzy Arthur was attacked in her home last July. She passed away last night, and it’s expected that gardai will now upgrade their probe into a murder investigation.
Nephew Joe McKean said the attack, from which she never recovered or got over, was the reason for her death.
"That just destroyed her life," he said. "If they hadn't broke into her that day, Suzy would still be alive."
Mr McKean said his elderly aunt was very independent and able to get about before the assault but was left unable to walk and permanently hospitalised afterwards.
"She could never walk after it - she was able to take a few steps for the first couple of weeks but after that she had just given up," he said.
Meanwhile, a businessman and company director is recovering in hospital today after was attacked with a hatchet in his South Dublin home.
The man - aged in his early 60s - was at home on Fortfield Road, Terenure with his teenage son at around 9.30pm when a four man gang burst in.
Gardai said the masked criminals demanded cash and a struggle ensued.
The homeowner was struck three times over the head with a hatchet in a violent altercation. He received head injuries but his son was not harmed.
Just seconds later the man's wife returned to the house and the burglary gang fled.
No money or valuables were taken in the incident.
Witnesses reported seeing a red van parked close to the house during the course of the robbery.
It’s understood that this is the second time that the house has been targeted by burglars in the past month - there was no cash taken from the property at this time.
A source explained: “Money is not kept in that house but yet it has been targeted twice.
“What happened last night was a particularly violent aggravated burglary.”
The victim was rushed to St James's Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening head injuries.
A short time later, local gardai who were responding to the aggravated burglary call arrested the driver of a red van which matched the description of the vehicle parked near the house.
The suspect who is in his 30s and from Clondalkin is currently being questioned at Terenure Garda Station.
Sources say that he does not have a lengthy criminal record but subsequent investigations revealed that the van had been fitted with false number plates.
“This shows that a large amount of organisation went into this particular crime,” the source pointed out.
The scene of the incident was preserved for a forensic technical examination this morning as garda technical experts examined it.
Detectives are trawling through CCTV in an attempt to identify the three other suspects involved in the burglary.
A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Fortfield Road, Lavarna Road, Kimmage Cross Road areas of Dublin 6 between 9pm and 10pm last night or anyone who noticed a red transit type van in the area, to contact Terenure Garda Station on 01 666 6400.”
According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, there was a 3pc rise in aggravated burglaries where violence was used from April to June this year compared to the same period in 2012.
After pensioner Suzy Arthur was attacked in her home three months ago, she was admitted to hospital for treatment and never returned home.
The broken hip she sustained in that callous assault on her and her 91-year-old sister Isa at their home near Raphoe was considered by many to be a cold-hearted attack by ruthless criminals who cared little for the consequences.
Ms Arthur’s death has brought the litany of attacks on elderly householders around the country, particularly Donegal, into sharp focus.
In the last year, elderly people in Donegal have been subjected to a spate of attacks in their own home.
Maureen Kelly, an 86-year-old woman who lived alone in a quiet rural area just outside Convoy, Co Donegal was attacked by at least three raiders who stormed her homestead and ransacked it, looking for cash and valuables.
And last Winter, 96- year-old Margaret 'Greta' Lilly needed hospital treatment after her home in Aghilly, Buncrana, was raided. The raiders punched and threatened the terrified woman.
There have been other attacks around the country as garda stations closed during the last year.
In Listowel, Co Kerry a 90-year-old woman was discovered lying traumatised on the floor of her bedroom after raiders broke in during the dark of night, shouting at her to hand over money. The woman, who lived alone, was found lying on the floor of her bedroom in a state of shock the next morning.
Last year an IFA survey of more than 500 farmers highlighted serious concerns on rural security, with 54 per cent dissatisfied or totally dissatisfied with the performance of the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter in his efforts to protect rural communities.
The IFA said that based on the survey, 11 per cent of farm families -- the equivalent of 13,000 households -- have been victims of rural crime. Nearly 37 per cent feel less safe in their home in the past year, the survey suggested.